Rangpo, 30 Apr (IPR): The Court of Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate was inaugurated today by Chief Justice of the High Court of Sikkim, Mr Justice Satish Kumar Agnihotri, at Rangpo, East Sikkim.

The function was also attended by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling as the chief guest and had the august presence of Judges of the High Court of Sikkim, Justice Meenakshi M. Rai and Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, Minister Law & Parliamentary Affairs, RB Subba, along with a host of other dignitaries.

Addressing the function, the Chief Justice pointed out the happy coincidence that the inauguration of the Court complex in Rangpo Sub-Division coincided with the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima.

Expressing happiness at the inauguration of yet another Court at the Sub-Division level, this one coming after Chungthang and Soreng, the Chief Justice highlighted that Court was a place where people can ventilate their grievances and seek justice, and added that the people of Rangpo and surrounding areas will no longer have to travel to Gangtok for matters that can be tried in the new Court.

He added that the addition of this new infrastructure in a place like Rangpo, which is the gateway to Sikkim, was a significant milestone and sends out a very positive message about the image of the State administration.

He recorded his thankfulness towards the Chief Minister and the State Government for coming up with courts at the sub-division level throughout the State.

He informed that a similar court in Jorethang South Sikkim is nearing completion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister stated that it was a special day because justice for the people of Rangpo and vicinity will now be delivered at their doorsteps.

He reiterated the commitment of the State Government to strengthen the judicial system in the State through adequate infrastructure-creation and upgradation and nurturing of required human resource.

He stated that the State Government will continue to provide required number of ministerial staff in the District and Sessions Courts in the State. The CM added that the State Government was making every effort to improve the quality and speed of justice delivery with a sincere aim to ensure equal access to justice for all.

He shared some of the state-of-the-art judiciary infrastructure created by the State Government such as the High Court Building and the High Court Museum, among several others.

For legal education, the Government Law College in Gangtok is ensuring qualitative education, he said, adding that there were also plans to open a National Law University in the State.

The Chief Minister recorded his appreciation for the new initiatives taken by the Judiciary in Sikkim especially under Chief Justice Satish Kumar Agnihotri. The integration of information technology into the daily functioning is one such initiative which has gone a long way in easing the process, ensuring speedy delivery of judgements, and reducing cost, he remarked.

Meanwhile, directing his address to the students in the audience, the Chief Minister exhorted them to inculcate good values and virtues so that they can face the world. He urged them to move beyond certificate-based education and embrace life-based education. It takes effort to be a good human being, but it is the sign of ultimate success, he said.

Speaking on the relevance of Buddha’s teachings given that it was Buddha Purnima today, Mr Chamling urged the students to translate his teachings into action in their daily lives.

After the unveiling of the plaque and formal inauguration of the temporary court, Principal Chief Engineer-cum-Secretary, Buildings and Housing Department, RB Thapa, presented the Technical Report.

He informed that the temporary court consists of two blocks and is being established in the Sikkim Mining Corporation Complex in approximately three acres of land by altering and renovating two quarters that were lying vacant.

The total cost of the temporary court complex is to the tune of Rs. 49.02 lakhs and was taken up departmentally, with work beginning in the first week of January 2018.

The PCE-cum-Secretary further informed that the proposal for a permanent court building along with a residential bungalow for the Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate has been prepared and is under active consideration of the Government of India.

Earlier, the function began with a welcome address by District & Sessions Judge (North) at Mangan and District & Sessions Judge (incharge) East at Gangtok, Prajwal Khatiwada.

The function concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Benoy Sharma, Chief Judicial Magistrate, East Sikkim (incharge).